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Dish TV to clamp down on illegal UAE use

Subhash Chandra, the chairman of Dish TV's parent company Essel Group, is looking to work with UAE authorities to stop residents tuning in illegally.

According to analysts, thousands of people in the Arabian Gulf receive unlicensed satellite feeds from Dish TV, costing regional broadcasters millions of dollars a year in lost revenue, reports The National. Dish TV subscribers may record their home addresses as being in India but it is impossible to tell where they actually receive the satellite feed

Chandra said: "I'd like to seize this equipment. I'd like to give a message to the people... that this is illegal.

"We would work with the [UAE] Government and administration to put some kind of legislation by which they could be stopped. We are doing that - we are working on it already."

Authorities in the Emirates have already launched several initiatives to stamp out illegal viewing of satellite TV stations.

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